The inflammation or irritation of the esophagus, a tube that carries food from our mouth to the stomach, is called Esophagitis. This condition can be painful and make it hard for you to swallow the food.
Causes of Esophagitis:
The most common cause of the disease is GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) in which repeated stomach acid reflux action that goes back into the lower esophagus causing irritation. Other possible causes include:
- Hiatal Hernia
- Certain medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin
- Infection, which can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or certain diseases that weaken the immune system, can cause irritation in esophagus. Common infections are Candida (a yeast infection that develop when body’s immune system is weak) and Herpes (a viral infection)
- Vitamin and mineral supplements
- Allergies, especially food allergies
- Taking a large medicine with too little water
- Symptoms of Esophagitis:
The common symptoms of the disease include:
- Acid Reflux
- Chest pain that can be worse with eating
- Pain and difficulty when swallowing the foods or liquids
- Sore throat
- Hoarse voice
- Decrease in appetite
- Abdominal pain
If you experience shortness of breath or chest pain when it doesn’t occur while eating, the symptoms continue for more than few days, the symptoms are so chronic that they make it difficult for you to eat properly and you have headache, fever, or muscle aches then immediately seek medical attention.
You can consult experienced and trained specialists at GI Endoscopy Practice in NJ. For diagnosing Esophagitis, the experts use advanced equipment that help them to specifically rule out all the other possible causes of the symptoms. After diagnosing the disease, they tailor a proper treatment plan according to individual conditions that results in relieving the symptoms and curing the disease.